VIU’s Bachelor of Anthropology students at a meeting with the department of anthropology

Programs and Courses

Anthropology (BA)


  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Honours, Major, Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Want to gain a better understanding of how humans tick – arguably one of the most employable skills you can put on your resume? VIU’s Degree in Anthropology program can help with that. Anthropologists study who we are and how we came to be that way, and provide a clearer understanding of what it means to be human.

VIU’s Bachelor of Anthropology program ensures graduates leave with a breadth of skills suited for jobs in areas such as law, government, business, education, health care, (market) research and more. Anthropology courses also prepare you to become a global citizen, and the department of Anthropology offers field schools and local and international internships to take classroom learning to the next level.

The Anthropology (BA) Program

Anthropologists are concerned with understanding the structure and functioning of social groups through minimally invasive participant observation and other “qualitative” techniques in their own communities, as well as in other countries. They follow a holistic approach that offers a humanistic understanding of society, and the way people solve their own problems. VIU’s program encourages the application of anthropological theory, knowledge and methods in areas such as “race” relations, cultural sensitivity training, archaeology, resource management, human rights facilitation, as well as the interaction of culture and the environment. Anthropologists are also concerned with the evolutionary biology of our species and the history of cultures around the world. Linguistic anthropologists study language and its role in cultural transmission.

The department of Anthropology offers undergraduate course work at three levels: 100 (introductory); 200 (second year); and 300-400 (advanced). The 300-400 level courses may be taken by either third or fourth year students. Students may take an upper-level course before completing all of their lower-level courses, however, no upper-level courses may be taken within a subfield (i.e., Social Anthropology, Archaeology, or Biological Anthropology) unless the 200-level course in the same subfield has been completed.

ANTH 211?serves to admit students to upper-level Social Anthropology courses.?ANTH 213?is the prerequisite course for upper-level Archaeology courses.?ANTH 214?admits students to upper-level Physical/Biological Anthropology courses.?ANTH 490,?491?and?492?require that all third-year admission requirements be completed.?ANTH 390?requires different 200-level prerequisites depending on the topic.?ANTH 380?requires ANTH 111/112?as prerequisites.

Program Outline

Requirements for a Major

Students must fulfill all the?Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including?Degree English Requirements?and courses listed below:

Years 1 and 2:?ANTH 111,?112,?211,?213, and?214. Students will be allowed to take advanced courses after they have completed these courses with a minimum “C” grade in each course, with the exceptions described above.

Years 3 and 4: A minimum of 30 credits of?Anthropology courses numbered 300 and above?is required. It is recommended that students take courses beyond this minimum to broaden their education in Anthropology. Courses must be chosen from each of the following five categories:

1)????Ethnographic and Archaeological Research – 9 credits chosen from?ANTH 304,?305,?307,?315,?326,?329, 332,?333,?334,?390,?418, or?419.

2)????Applied Theory – 9 credits chosen from?ANTH 311,?312,?316,?336, 353, 370,?380,?401,?415,?430,?493A,?493B, or?493C. A substitute of 3 credits for this group may be taken from the archaeology or the biological anthropology section below, if it has not already been used to satisfy the archaeology or biological anthropology requirement.

3)????Ethnographic Areas and Topics – 6 credits chosen from?ANTH 305,?324,?325 (A-G),?328,?331,?334,?335, 367,?368?or?388.

4)????Archaeology – 3 credits chosen from?ANTH 340, 341B,?342,?343,?344, 345, 352,?353, 361,?380?(if?213?has been taken previously),?449, or?460.

5)????Biological Anthropology – 3 credits chosen from?ANTH 350,?351,?353, 430.

One advanced Global Studies course,?GLST 390,?391,?490?or?491, may be substituted under category (1) or under category (3). A Senior Project (ANTH 491?and/or?492) for 3 or 6 credits is optional, but is recommended for students planning graduate work. The Senior Project courses, as well as?ANTH 361, are upper-level electives that do not fit into the five categories above.?ANTH 390?and?315?may be taken more than once if the topic is different and can be used as required courses in the above categories, where appropriate.

Extra credits may be taken from this same list or from other courses offered by the department. These other courses include?ANTH 490, which is a directed studies course that allows students to follow their own interest, and the?ANTH 491?and?492?Senior Project courses. Students planning to do graduate studies should plan to do at least one Senior Project course. Under special circumstances an advanced course from another department may be used to complete the 30 credits requirement. It must, however, fit student needs and help meet departmental requirements. Students planning to do this should talk with the Department Chair.

The core courses are rotated on a two-year cycle, so that students can always get the necessary courses during the third and fourth years. Where a choice is given between core courses, the others may also be taken as elective courses. An assortment of other courses will also be offered at the 300-400 level, and there will be enough of these to generate the 30 credits needed for a Major.

Students may satisfy degree requirements in Anthropology and another field and receive a double Major (e.g., a double Major in Anthropology and Liberal Studies). Students planning a double Major should consult with the Chairs in both departments.

Requirements for a Minor

Students must fulfill all the?Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including?Degree English Requirements?and courses listed below:

Years 1 and 2:?ANTH 111,?112,?211,?213,?214.

Years 3 and 4: Minimum of 18 credits of Anthropology courses numbered 300 and above (not including?ANTH 493A,?493B, or?493C).

Recommended Electives

Students should choose their electives in consultation with the Chair of the department of Anthropology. Students with interests in different subfields of Anthropology may wish to choose quite different electives. Social anthropologists may be interested in Sociology, biological anthropologists in Biology and archaeologists in Geology, for example.

Updated 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $153.73 per credit)

4,611.90

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

184.48

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.79 per credit)

203.70

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.73 per month)

165.84

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,940.92

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus. ?

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.73 per month)

165.84

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

19,384.04

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $695.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus. ?

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Program

Anthropology is the study of humanity, our culture, history, evolution, language, and biology. Anthropologists follow a holistic approach, integrating all aspects of human existence, offering a humanistic understanding of society, and the way people solve their own problems. Anthropologists are concerned with understanding the structure and functioning of social groups through minimally invasive participant observation and other "qualitative" techniques in their own communities, as well as in other countries.?

VIU's program encourages the application of anthropological theory, knowledge and methods in areas such as "race" relations, cultural sensitivity training, archaeology, resource management, human rights facilitation, the interaction of culture and the environment, as well as, the evolutionary biology of our species and the history of cultures around the world. The inclusive nature of anthropology is especially relevant in light of the increasing cultural diversity of our own society and the current intensity of political actions worldwide.?

The Anthropology Honours programme will provide students with training and qualifications that extend those in the regular anthropology degree program. The development and completion of the honours essay that is comprised of original research is invaluable experience for those planning to apply to graduate school.?

Program Outline

Students must fulfill all the requirements for the B.A. Major in Anthropology with the addition of 12 upper level credits in Anthropology. The additional 12 credits must incorporate 6 credits from ANTH 491 and 492; a 3 credit Methods class selected from the following classes: ANTH 460, 430, 418, 363, 362, 261, 353, 329, 326, and 315; and an additional 3 credits of ANTH designated 300 or above.?

Recommended Electives

Liberal Studies, Media Studies, Philosophy, Criminology, Anthropology, Political Studies, Psychology, Geography, Women's Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Biology, Geography.?

Completion Requirements

Honours students need an average GPA of 3.33 ("B+") in all 3rd and 4th year courses taken within the discipline in order to graduate from an Honours program. Further, a minimum grade of "B" must be obtained in ANTH 491 and ANTH 492 to fulfill requirements for completion of the Honours program in Anthropology.?

Admission Requirements

A min. 3.33 ("B+") average GPA on the most recent 60 credits.

Students will submit an Anthropology Honours application form to the Anthropology Department Chair.?

Start Date and Application Deadline

Students may apply at the beginning of their third year, to facilitate planning of remaining courses. The final deadline for applications will be on March 31st of the year preceding their final year of study. Successful students will be connected with a faculty mentor, who will help guide them through the process, including linking to an honours thesis advisor.?

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 7, 2021
Application Fee
$41.72
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Maher-Ahmed
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: amelia.maher-ahmed@viu.ca

Comments

If you are interested in starting in January 2021 please apply on EducationPlannerBC for the Fall 2021 intake and contact amelia.maher-ahmed@viu.ca to switch your application to the Spring 2021 intake.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 7, 2021
Application Fee
$41.72
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Erin Johnson
Phone: 604-485-8033
Email: erin.johnson@viu.ca

Comments

Please consult the Vancouver Island University Calendar or contact Student Services/Advising at 604-485-2878 or email pr.studentaffairs@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 7, 2021
Application Fee
$41.72
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Amelia Maher-Ahmed
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: amelia.maher-ahmed@viu.ca

Comments

Please consult the Vancouver Island University Calendar or contact Student Services/Advising at 250-740-6410 or email advising@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 7, 2021
Application Fee
41.72
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Zoe Doiron
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: Zoe.Doiron@viu.ca

Comments

Please consult the Vancouver Island University Calendar or contact Student Services/Advising at 250-746-3509 or email advising.cowichan@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 7, 2021
Application Fee
$41.72
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Erin Johnson
Phone: 604-485-8033
Email: erin.johnson@viu.ca

Comments

Please consult the Vancouver Island University Calendar or contact Student Services/Advising at 604-485-2878 or email pr.studentaffairs@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

Rhy McMillan

“The versatility of the BA program at VIU allowed me to become very multidisciplinary and provided me with many opportunities that are not usually offered at larger institutions. Without the motivation I received at VIU from my instructors, the opportunities I was able to explore, and the support I received from the departments I was part of, nothing I've accomplished so far would have been possible."